San Francisco de Asis Church
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member heringermr
N 36° 21.517 W 105° 36.517
13S E 445396 N 4023896
Quick Description: Located just south of Taos in Rancho de Taos.
Location: New Mexico, United States
Date Posted: 8/19/2007 8:56:42 AM
Waymark Code: WM218H
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
Views: 173

Long Description:
This mission church is one of the oldest churches in the United States dedicated to San Francisco de Asis. It was constructed between 1813 and 1815 under the direction of the Franciscan Fray Jose Benito Pereyro. It is an outstanding example of adobe mission architecture. The church continues to be a place of worship, an integral part of the community as well as a tourist attraction.

San Francisco de Asís Mission Church is one of the best known and most photographed churches in New Mexico. It was the subject of four paintings by Georgia O'Keefe and photographs by Ansel Adams and Paul Strand. Georgia O'Keefe described it as, "one of the most beautiful buildings left in the United States by the early Spaniards."

The Spanish Colonial adobe building has twin bell towers and an arched portal entrance that overlooks an enclosed courtyard. The interior has a large carved reredos (altar screen) divided into painted panels, a ceiling of vigas (beams) that rest on elaborately carved double brackets and a traditional choir loft.
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